Cotton booed for defending Trump on tax returns

President Donald Trump was very active on Twitter Easter morning and lashed back at protesters wanting to see his tax returns, saying he shouldn't have to show them since he "easily won the Electoral College".

"I did what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!"

Protesters in Raleigh said they believed Trump's refusal to release his tax returns was a worrying sign. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"

Seventy-one-year-old Ilene Singh said he's wrong.

According to PolitiFact, Trump is the first major party presidential nominee since Gerald Ford to not release his tax returns.

Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said, the "President says he's still under audit", to a booing crowd.

In Berkeley, California, police arrested at least 20 people after fist fighting erupted at separate unrelated rallies at a park where about 200 people for or against Trump gathered.

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"We are taking the gloves off to say knock off the secrecy Mr President", said Senator Ron Wyden of OR, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. She rode a bus from New Jersey to New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83, to take part in the protests.

More than 100 similar marches are scheduled across the country on Saturday.

"Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law", New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, told Reuters.

"His reputation.as a businessman and, more importantly, as a true American, a person who is concerned with American values, would be totally destroyed if all his financial information was made public", said Mike Mannshardt, a retired teacher.

The protesters on Saturday demanded Trump to release his taxes like his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years. "Maybe we're not going to be the one group to get him to finally share his taxes but we can inspire people".

Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, which would require the president and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.

Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and about his various business ties.

And making the audits automatic may have been meant to bolster public confidence that the IRS will audit presidents of both parties and not let it become something the agency does at its discretion, according to tax lawyer Steven Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.


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